Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Wife in the Attic Audiobook

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 Rose Lerner's The Wife in the Attic is available as an audiobook on Audible:

The Wife in the Attic
by  Rose Lerner
Narrated by: Elsa Lepecki Bean
Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins

This daring Gothic thriller reinvents one of literature’s most twisted love triangles. Tensely romantic and deliciously suspenseful, The Wife in the Attic is perfect for fans of Jane Eyre, Rebecca, and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Goldengrove’s towers and twisted chimneys rose at the very edge of the peaceful Weald, a stone’s throw from the poisonous marshes and merciless waters of Rye Bay. Young Tabby Palethorp had been running wild there, ever since her mother grew too ill to leave her room.
I was the perfect choice to give Tabby a good English education: thoroughly respectable and far too plain to tempt her lonely father, Sir Kit, to indiscretion.
I knew better than to trust my new employer with the truth about my past. But knowing better couldn’t stop me from yearning for impossible things: to be Tabby’s mother, Sir Kit’s companion, Goldengrove’s new mistress.
All that belonged to poor Lady Palethorp. Most of all, I burned to finally catch a glimpse of her.
Surely she could tell me who cut the strings on my guitar, why all the doors inside the house were locked after dark, and whose footsteps I heard in the night....
With devious sophistication, Rose Lerner weaves a haunting tale full of secrets and sharp edges. Will the governess’ loyalties ultimately lie with the master of the house - or with the wife in the attic?
Watch the trailer here.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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The New York Times Magazine features author Kazuo Ishiguro.
It is not for nothing that Ishiguro has named Charlotte Brontë as the novelist who has influenced him most. From “Jane Eyre,” he learned how to write first-person narrators who hide their feelings from themselves but are transparent to other people. Rereading the book a few years ago, he kept coming across episodes and thinking, Oh, my goodness, I just ripped that off! (Giles Harvey)
Ashe Post & Times reviews several new books such as The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.
In between, beauty is far and between in this novel centered on the Texas Panhandle. The Dust Bowl and the Depression — events that marry to help decimate the nation’s economy during the 1930s — certainly offer no allure, and as a young lady, Elsa Wolcott is told by her wealthy parents she is not beautiful, and never will be. At 25 years old, she is considered a spinster; the survivor of a cold and unloving childhood. Her escape is into novels, identifying with the likes of Jane Eyre, and Elsa counts books as her truest friends. (Tom Mayer)
Locus lists some new releases in books including
Womack, Marian: The Swimmers
(Titan Books US 978-1789094213, $15.95, 352pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, Feb 23, 2021)
Dystopian reimagining of Wide Sargasso Sea set in Andalusia. After the ravages of the Green Winter, Earth is a place of deep jungles and monstrous animals. The last of the human race is divided into surface dwellers and the people who live in the Upper Settlement, a ring perched at the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere.
The Nerd Daily has a conversation with A Nightmare Wakes cinematographer Oren Soffer.
The cinematography is very reminiscent of Victorian art—which would have been Shelley’s time—in that there are a lot of tableau-like shots that play around with light and darkness. Was this intentional? How did you initially approach shooting the film? Did you look anywhere specifically for inspiration? 
I’m so glad you picked up on that because we, indeed, looked at a lot of Victorian-era paintings, as well as Dutch Golden-Age paintings from earlier in the 17th century, as a big inspiration for the visual look of the film. In fact, in some cases we specifically set out to recreate certain compositions inspired by specific paintings! We also looked at a number of movies to help build our reference image library and inform our approach – Cary Fukunaga’s “Jane Eyre” and “Lady Macbeth” were big influences for us; both are films that Nora and I both love and both think are quite underrated. On the lighting side, we also took a lot of inspiration from “Barry Lyndon”, “Bright Star,” “The Beguiled,” “The Witch,” The Crown,” “Game of Thrones,” and other dark movies and shows with period settings. We also looked at “Alias Grace” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” quite a bit for inspiration for subjective framing. And we also looked at “Black Swan” and “Mother” for how to integrate surreal, nightmare imagery and have it blend into the world of the film. (Jericho Tadeo)
Pickle Me This shares her thoughts of rereading Wuthering Heights.
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New Brontë-related scholar publications:

Passion and Feeling versus Religion and ‘Pure’ Affection in Jane Eyre
Edberg, Natalie
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)

The purpose of this essay is to investigate the protagonist and narrator in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, it explores how Jane to a certain extent both represents and challenges the norms set by the Victorian society since it was during this time that the novel was published. By taking a closer look at the novel in relation to Victorian society’s norms and ideals the essay will show that the conflict that Jane faces in the novel is between love, feeling and passion versus religious norms and principles. By highlighting these conflicts, the essay presents evidence that the protagonist Jane often shows a feminist sentiment. However, her actions often contradict these sentiments which creates a complexity that I hope this essay will explore.
Phrase-structure in English Used in Charlotte Brontë's “Jane Eyre"
Murodova Mukadas Ikromovna, Tillayev Zafar Akmalovich
International Journal of Innovations in Engineering Research and Technology,  vol. 7, no. 05, 2020, pp. 223-229

Languages vary in the patterns they allow as grammatically complete, that is in' the kinds of sentences they use. The syntactical description of any language is made scientifically possible by isolating certain recurrent units of expression and examining their distribution in contexts. The largest of these units are sentences, which can naturally be decomposed into their smaller constituent units — phrases. English syntax is a many-layered organization of relatively few types of its basic units. A twofold or binary structure is one of the most striking things about its grammatical organization

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reviews Rachel Hawkins's The Wife Upstairs.
Three-fourths thriller and one part reimagined classic, “The Wife Upstairs” is a feisty Southern charmer that’s twisty enough to make dinners late in kitchens everywhere.
Taking plot and character inspiration from Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre,” author Alabama author Rachel Hawkins cleverly reimagines the gothic classic by placing it in the leafy community of Mountain Brook, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. This time Jane is unknowingly embroiled in a love triangle, but she’s also looking out for herself ― carving out a new identity and life in the high-end village, where status and appearances seem to count more than character. [...]
In Hawkins’ version, admirers of “Jane Eyre” may smile as they encounter “Eddie” Rochester, zipping his sports car through the neighborhood called Thornfield Estates, the storied English names somehow fitting in quite well in this modern-day South. Despite the playfulness of the reworked names (Jane Eyre’s charge Adèle surfaces as Eddie’s Irish setter puppy), some of the more sinister characters from the classic bring their shadows with them to “The Wife Upstairs”: cold and aloof Mrs. Reed switching from Jane’s aunt to her employer and St. John River becoming John Rivers, a church employee from her past who tries blackmailing our heroine.
Jane is a fish-out-of-water, an averagely attractive young woman from out West with a mysterious past, a beat up car and a dubious living situation in a skanky apartment near strip malls. Wanting more from life, she quickly latches onto Mountain Brook’s affluent lifestyle, where Old Money meets new. Starting with a barista job, she soon finds herself walking the dogs of the wealthy, gaining enough of their trust to be able to pilfer small, valuable trinkets. Diamond earrings and gold bracelets have a way of ending up in her pockets.
As much as the reader would like to sympathize with Jane, Hawkins makes sure there are a few things about her that we should know: She’s hiding something from her past and “Jane” isn’t her real name. (It might be Helen Burns, another nod to the Brontë classic.) As these unsettling facts come to light, the reader becomes more guarded about Jane’s version of things. Tensions mount and mistrust grows as other characters weigh-in through Hawkins’ use of the multi-narrator technique. [...]
 This is not Brontë’s tale, but a modern, rip-roaring thriller best enjoyed on a sandy beach with a tall, salty-rimmed beverage nearby. (Amy Bonesteel)
Julie Ma, author of Happy Families, has written an article for Female First:
Thank goodness then for films and books where you can see people who look like you doing the things you do? There’s The Joy Luck Club but they’re Americans. What about Crazy Rich Asians? Well, they’re insanely rich and live in Singapore.
Where are the Normal British Asians?
Why does it even matter? What difference does it make if you see yourself in fiction? I see myself in Lizzy Bennet, Jane Eyre, Hermione Granger and it is wonderful to feel your bright wit, your earnest sense of duty, your courage and determination reflected in these characters who don’t necessarily look like you.
The thing is though if you are only ever depicted in one way, you’ll feel your caricature, you’ll believe your stereotype. You don’t dare to be anything else. The way to break free is for the wider world to have as many depictions of someone like you as it can.
GoodHousekeeping asks bookish questions to writer Monique Roffey.
The childhood book that’s stayed with you...
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
No one read stories to me as a child. I stole my brother’s Willard Price adventure books at first, Amazon Adventure etc and found them enthralling. Then I graduated on to the Nancy Drew mystery series. I don’t remember Enid Blyton or Narnia. My father’s books were in the house, mannish books, Graham Green and Neville Shute... My first big book love was Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Heathcliff, Cathy, their thwarted love story, the moors. “I am Heathcliff”. I still reel at this book.
Geographical asked writer Rana Foroohar to share her favourite books.
Wide Sargasso Sea • Jean Rhys • 1966
Probably my favourite novel. In her moody, beautiful way, Rhys creates an anti-colonial, feminist answer to Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre. It turns out the madwoman in the attic was a beautiful heiress; both she and the Jamaican heat are way too much for Rochester to handle.
New City Lit interviews writer Rebecca Morgan about her new book Oh You Robot Saints!
I was intrigued with how the collection begins with poems about imagined robots and historic attempts at robots mimicking living things, and how it segues into later poems where the human body acts like a machine. Tell me how you started to make that parallel.
Your question immediately makes me think of this line in “Jane Eyre”: “Do you think I am an automaton?—a machine without feelings?” And of course, before that, we have Descartes to thank for the metaphor of living beings as machines. Yet we live in a time in which the metaphors of past thinkers and writers are reshaped by the realities of twenty-first-century technology: our bodies are both “like” machines, while sometimes being part machine, and we live in fear of being replaced by machines. If our bodies are like machines, and can even be machines, what is it that continues to differentiate us, animate us? (Tara Betts)
The Blunder of the Day Award goes to... Telegraph India.
In Emily Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Helen Burns dies of consumption after being quarantined for some time. Later, we are told about how Bertha Mason is kept in confinement owing to a mysterious affliction — a mental illness. Critical enquiries have uncovered the possibility of her ‘madness’ stemming from her captivity, as opposed to Edward Rochester’s argument that she was kept in captivity on account of her illness. (Ipshita Nath)
In a review of Jane Healey's latest paperback release, Herald Scotland states that she was 'apparently, named after Jane Eyre'. FarOut Magazine lists 'The 5 songs that changed Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig’s life' and one of them is Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush. Fashion Network (Portugal) is reminded of Wuthering Heights by Molly Goddard's new fashion collection. Finally, the Brussels Brontë Blog features a recent Zoom talk for the group: 'Angel in the House … or Angel in Heaven? How the patriarchy operated in Victorian England — with illustrations from the visual and verbal culture of the period' by Brian Holland.
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The latest issue of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature contains a Brontë-related piece:

Volume 14, Issue 4 – December 2020
Creative Nonfiction
Emily K. Michael, A Letter to Jane Eyre

Dear Miss Eyre,
Today I write to offer my thoughts on certain aspects of your story, which I have just finished reading. Perhaps you are wondering why I call you by your maiden name. Ms. Brontë’s wonderful publication tells me that you are lately married, but it is your unmarried self, at a fixed point in the narrative, for whom I fashion this letter. (...)

Monday, February 22, 2021

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Smart Bitches, Trashy Books gives Bella Ellis's The Diabolical Bones a B.
For me the real draw is the impeccable historical research. I have both personal feelings about the Brontës and a serious historical nerd obsession about them. Other than a few adjustments made for the sake of story which are acknowledged in the afterword (the mysteries, of course, are fictional) the characters and their personalities match my own research and reading experience. These books provide a real sense of place and a fond yet realistic look at the Brontë household and the sometimes close, sometimes contentious relationships between the siblings, their father, and their housekeeper, Tabby. I really enjoy spending this time with them and I recommend this for fans of historical and literary history and for fans of the Brontës in particular. (Carrie S)
This contributor to The Courier writes about what makes him an unpopular book club member.
But I just nitpick. I fixate upon small plot flaws and get hung up on what I see as inconsistencies. I waste everyone’s time with my quibbles.
For instance, in Jane Eyre Jane fails to recognise Mr Rochester (who she has lived with for several months and is falling in love with) who shows up pretending to be a fortune teller. She sits with him for what must be a half-hour conversation without seeing through his flimsy disguise. Perhaps she had gone temporarily blind. And deaf, as she doesn’t recognise his voice either. (Steve Finan)
Observer looks forward to the 'New Book Releases This Spring That You Don’t Want to Miss' and one of them is
In the Quick by Kate Hope Day (Random House, March 2) 
This past summer, the SpaceX flight to the International Space Shuttle offered a rare moment of wonder during an otherwise static year. For those more interested in life beyond Earth, In the Quick by Kate Hope Day (Random House, March 2) offers an escape. June is a brilliant young woman gifted with a knack for mechanical invention. A fascination with space exploration runs in the family. June’s uncle created the fuel cells for Inquiry, a spacecraft that went missing when she was twelve-years-old. Now an accomplished astronaut with a position as an engineer on a space station, June seeks out her late uncle’s protégée James who may help her unlock the reasons why the cells failed—and also find the missing ship and its crew. Romance ensues which tests the limits of human ingenuity and ambition. With echoes of Station Eleven, The Martian, and, yes, Jane Eyre, this is a gripping and unconventional novel with an unforgettable heroine. (Lauren LeBlanc)
The Sunday Puzzle on NPR was all about homophones:
SHORTZ: Do you know when the TV network has scheduled Jane blank to blank?
COPANS: Eyre to air.
Wuthering Heights 1939 has made it onto Le Figaro Étudiant's (France) list of 30 not-to-be-missed films from the years 1896-1939.
29. Les Hauts de Hurlevent, 1939
William Wyler (1902-1981)
La plus célèbre des adaptations du roman d’Emily Brontë. Laurence Olivier et Merle Oberon forment un couple inoubliable, qu’aucun successeur n’a égalé. (Jean-Paul Brighelli) (Translation)
The Telegraph does a Bloodlands episode 1 recap.
In a Heathcliff-esque moment, Tom’s long-submerged emotions finally erupted. Had he finally found his wife’s grave? (Michael Hogan)
DerbyshireLive lists 'Locations of famous films and TV shows that were shot in Derbyshire' including Jane Eyre adaptations. AnneBrontë.org has a post on Tabby.
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If you miss yesterday this radio event on Bradford Community Radio, you can try again today, February 22 or next Thursday:

I Am Not a Bird
Queering the Brontës with Rosie Freeman

Bradford Community Radio -  LGBTQ+ History Month 2021
Sunday 21 Feb 1-2pm
Repeated Monday 22 Feb 12-1pm and Thursday 25 Feb 9-10am

The Brick Box Rosie Freemans presents a queer reading of the Brontës, their lives, works and characters. Expect feminist punk, gender-bending, and moorland Gothicism.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Telegraph & Argus and the eternal question, Who is Bradford's biggest name? One of the contenders is obviously:
The Brontës
Born in Thornton, Emily, Charlotte and Anne, the 19th-century literary family, are also associated with the village of Haworth, with both places now popular tourist spots.
The sisters are well known as poets and novelists, with their classics including Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre still as popular today.
Their brother, Patrick Branwell Brontë, was an English painter and writer who died aged 31 in 1848. (Mark Stanford)
The Lancashire Telegraph lists local walks with a nearby café:
4. The Brontë’s Trail, Pendle
If you are a bit of a bookworm who loves learning about Lancashire’s literary history, then this walking route could be perfect.
The Brontë sisters spent a lot of their time exploring Lancashire and the South Pennine Moors.
This walking route begins in the heart of the Trawden Forest and sees you walk by historic farmhouses and beautiful woodland.
It will take around 5 hours to complete, but it is completely worth it if you are excited to discover abandoned tram tracks and waterfalls.
You will even encounter the remains of Wycoller Hall on the route.
The walk starts neat The Trawden Arms and The Old Rock Café.
If you want to grab a drink or a nibble for the journey, The Lakeside Cafe on Ball Grove Drive, Colne could be a great stop off point. 
They are open 9-4 on Mondays and 10-4 every other day of the week. (Sarah McGee
Tired and frustrated with your homeschooling efforts in lockdown times? The Spectator has some solace for you: literary teachers who are worse than you:
Mr Brocklehurst, Lowood School in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)
The supervisor of Lowood, where the young Jane is sent, Brocklehurst is a pious hypocritical clergyman who keeps the girls in conditions of appalling privation. Ravaged by chilblains from the perishing cold and half-starved, the food is ‘scarcely sufficient to keep alive a delicate invalid’. Pupils have no resistance when typhus rips through the institution and Jane’s friend, Helen Burns, dies in her arms of consumption. A reminder that things could indeed be worse. (...)
Miss Jean Brodie of Marcia Blaine’s School for Girls, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (1961)
'I am putting old heads on your young shoulders,' says Miss Brodie to her girls — the 'crème de la crème'. This leaves the Brodie set familiar with the Italian Renaissance painters and the love life of Charlotte Brontë, but not the date of the Battle of Flodden. In the end, it’s not the affair Miss Brodie engineers between one of her girls and the Art master that proves her undoing, but her admiration for Mussolini. (Flora Watkins)
BuzzFeed lists moments of sexual tension in films:
 4. The fire scene, Jane Eyre (2011)
"After Rochester’s room was set on fire, he leaves and comes back to Jane, who was just waiting. They are soooo close, it's stirring. And the movie as a whole is an underappreciated period piece!" (dreacarmenc, listed by Allie Hayes)
The film as a whole is one of the best period films on a list by Cepkolik (Turkey):
Yönetmenliğini Cary Joji Fukunaga’nın yaptığı film 2011 yılında çekildi.
On yaşında öksüz kalan, babasını da öldü bilen Jane Eyre, kendisine köle gibi davranan halası tarafından yoksul kızların gittiği katı disiplinli bir yatılı okula gönderilir. On yıl kadar kaldığı bu okula sonunda öğretmen olur. Bir süre sonra da Edward Rochester’ın malikânesinde mürebbiyelik yapmaya başlar. Jane, giderek hayal bile edemeyeceği zorluklar ve acılar yaşayacak, beş parasız ve evsiz barksız kalacak, erkeklerin egemenliğindeki bir dünyada bir kadının tek başına ayakta kalabileceğini kanıtlamak için savaşacaktır. (Ayşen Sıla) (Translation)
 The writer Gabriela Margall presents her most recent novel La Institutriz on Infobae (Argentina):
Cada escritor tiene sus caminos literarios. Me gusta mucho la literatura inglesa, la historia inglesa y la forma de hacer historia que tienen los ingleses. Junto a la historia y la literatura argentina, se unen formar mi imaginario y el universo de donde salen mis novelas. Mujercitas de Alcott fue el primer libro que mi mamá me puso en las manos. Alcott no era inglesa, pero abrió el camino. Las Brontë fueron el pilar de mis lecturas adolescencia. Jane Austen moldeó mis lecturas mi juventud. Es imposible pensar en escribir sin pensar en ellas.
Fue cuando leí el libro Infernales. La hermandad Brontë de Laura Ramos que logré entender que algo faltaba, que había algo que no había entendido del todo. La gran influencia en mi historia como lectora tenía que ver con escritoras que eran hijas pobres de pastores protestantes. Jane, hija del reverendo Austen; Charlotte, Emily y Anne, hijas del reverendo Brontë. Alcott no es inglesa ni es hija de clérigos, pero sí hija de un educador y ella misma, maestra y pobre. (...)
Charlotte fue la hermana Brontë que hizo famosa a una institutriz, Jane Eyre, pero fue otra hermana, Anne, la que trabajó como tal. Las experiencias de Anne Brontë como institutriz están reflejadas en la menos famosa de los escritos de la familia, Agnes Grey. La novela, contada en primera persona, tiene mucho menos atractivo sobrenatural o encanto que las de sus hermanas, pero refleja, sin decorados, lo que debió ser la vida de esas mujeres. (Translation)

Well, actually Charlotte did work as a governess, twice. 

Also on Infobae, an interview with the journalist and writer María Moreno:
Hinde Pomeraniec: Cuando te leía y leía lo de Abel Santa Cruz y su adaptación de Los miserables, me acordaba de que mi generación y nuestra genealogía, que es de unos años después, tiene que ver ya con la televisión y, por ejemplo, con los teleteatros de Alberto Migré, con El principito en los teleteatros, con los poemas de Julia Prilutzky Farny.
M.M: Exactamente. En mi caso es una marca tremenda, entonces por eso digo que la voz de Pedro López Lagar haciendo de Heathcliff en Cumbres borrascosas la tengo como casi una alucinación.
H.P.: Sé que había programas de humor en donde aparecían de pronto actores imitando el grito de Cathy de Pedro López Lagar.
M.M.: Ah, mirá, eso ya no lo recuerdo. No habría permitido que se burlen de Pedro. No hubiera escuchado en broma a alguien burlarse, hacer una imitación de Pedro López. Se prestaba, era una voz muy amanerada, ¿no? (Translation)
Sofía Ruiz de Velasco in El País (Spain) is all for sorority:
Quizá para el pensamiento cínico hay un tinte un poco artificial en los nuevos usos de la palabra sororidad, algo de construcción falsa, como si por el hecho de ser mujeres ya fuéramos solidarias siempre entre nosotras. No es así, pero poner esa palabra en el centro del discurso, forzarla, ha ayudado a cambiar la narración atávica de la rivalidad femenina. Pienso en las hermanas Brontë, en Louisa May Alcott, en Virginia y Vanessa, en Hannah y sus hermanas o en las vírgenes suicidas. (Translation)
Actualidad Literatura (Spain) interviews the writer Luis Villalón:
Mariola Díaz-Cano Arévalo: ¿Quién es tu escritor favorito? Puedes escoger más de uno y de todas las épocas.
LV: Pues no sé si tengo alguno, creo que no. Más que escritores, diría libros que me han gustado mucho. De los clásicos, Oliver Twist de Dickens, Crimen y castigo de Dostoievsky, El conde de Montecristo de Dumas, algunos dramas de Shakespeare, Cumbres borrascosas de Emily Brontë, Jane Eyre de su hermana Charlotte… (Translation)
Culturamas (Spain) reviews a new Spanish translation of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure:
Si en algún momento he tenido la sensación de que Jude el oscuro nos podía remitir al amor romántico y maldito de Cumbres Borrascosas de Emily Brontë, más bien he terminado por pensar que, además de Dickens, otra de las influencias más claras para Hardy en este libro es la de Fiódor Dostoyevski. (David Pérez) (Translation)
Neue Zürcher Zeitum (Switzerland) and family saga novels:
 Niemand kann heute mehr schreiben wie die Brontë-Schwestern oder wie Theodor Fontane. Der Familienroman aber bleibt virulent – und sei es in Form seiner sprachgewaltigen Demontage wie im Riesenwerk "Die Tutoren" (2015) des Serben Bora Ćosić. (Manfred Papst) (Translation)
Pianeta Donne (Italy) highlights a Wuthering Heights mention in a chapter of the Turkish soap opera Erkenci Kuş (Daydreamer) (Episode 39):

Una volta tornati nelle rispettive case, Sanem cerca di scrivere, non le riesce e legge qualche frase di “Cime Tempestose” pensando a Can; anche lui, nel suo letto, sta leggendo il capolavoro di Emily Brontë e intanto pensa a
ll’amata. Huma, nella sua stanza, fa nervosamente le valigie, ma poi legge sullo stesso libro delle righe che le fanno venire in mente il suo comportamento. (Martina) (Translation)
Picture Source.

 El Cultural (Spain) publishes the prologue (by Elena Medel) of a new Spanish edition of  Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own with several Brontë passing mentions. The Brontë Babe Blog reviews a favourite of ours, Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair.
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A new Italian book featuring Emily (and Charlotte) Brontë:
Qui giace un poeta. 60 visite a tombe d’artista
Various Authors
Jimenez Edizioni
ISBN: 9788832036213

Oltre cinquanta autori italiani e stranieri – tra scrittori, artisti, editori, giornalisti, librai e blogger – accomunati dalla passione per i viaggi sulle tombe di poeti e romanzieri. Tombe sfarzose, come quella di Oscar Wilde, o semplici lapidi in un prato, come quelle di Jack Kerouac e James Joyce, tombe ospitate in cimiteri celebri – il Père-Lachaise di Parigi o l’acattolico di Roma – oppure nascoste in mezzo a monti desertici, coperte dal segreto di un monastero, come quella di Javsandamba Zanabazar, artista e poeta mongolo, in patria venerato come un santo. Tombe che raccolgono ossa e ceneri, niente di più, ma che sono spesso meta di trascinanti pellegrinaggi. Perché, quando si ama visceralmente un poeta o uno scrittore ormai morto e sepolto, non bastano le parole che ha lasciato, non sono sufficienti i diari, le lettere, le biografie e le auto-biografie. Quando si ama qualcuno che non c’è più, arriva sempre il giorno in cui si fa irresistibile il desiderio di “vederlo ancora una volta”, andare a trovarlo dove giace per sempre.
Cosa si prova – quali emozioni, ricordi, riflessioni scattano – quando ci si trova di fronte alla tomba di un artista amato? Che storia c’è, dietro quella lapide? E che storia c’è, dietro quel pellegrinaggio? Di questo scrivono gli autori coinvolti: hanno compiuto il loro pellegrinaggio e ce lo hanno raccontato. Massimiliano Governi sulla tomba di Sandro Onofri, Daniele Mencarelli sulle tracce di Camillo Sbarbaro, Barry Gifford tra i cimiteri di Parigi e Venezia, Matteo Trevisani in ricordo di Giordano Bruno, Giovanni Dozzini in cerca di Elio Vittorini, Tyler Keevil tra le brughiere gallesi con Dylan Thomas, Nicola Manuppelli sulle tracce di William Butler Yeats e molti altri ancora.
Alcuni di loro hanno scelto di descrivere che fine abbiano fatto, post mortem, alcune coppie celebri della letteratura, altri si sono avventurati anche tra tombe di personaggi che, nel loro ambito e a loro modo, potevano definirsi poetici. Insieme compongono un mosaico di pellegrinaggi letterari su tomb
e di poeti, scrittori e artisti, per parlare, attraverso la morte, della vita e dell’arte.

One of the visited 'tombs' is Emily Brontë's, which as you know is not really a tomb:

Le finestre della casa nella quale abitarono le sorelle Brontë affacciano da sempre sul cimitero del villaggio di Haworth, e tuttavia "la sepoltura di Charlotte ed Emily [...] non è lì tra quelle tombe che sono state il loro panorama per tutta la vita: è custodita dentro la chiesa ed è quasi inaccessibile ai visitatori". Laura Ganzetti ha scoperto Emily e Charlotte Brontë in una notte d'estate dell'adolescenza e le ha seguite fin nello Yorkshire, dove hanno vissuto e ora riposano, per rendere omaggio alle loro vite, alle loro opere e ai loro luoghi. (Source

Further information on Il Libraio or FS News.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

iNews suggests 'Six literary pilgrimages in the UK to plan for', such as
Haworth, West Yorkshire – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Brontë siblings lived with their father Patrick in the parsonage at Haworth, a village on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. The family was plagued by tuberculosis: two older sisters died of the disease in 1825, followed by Branwell and Emily in 1848, Anne in 1849 and Charlotte in 1855. Emily wrote one novel, Wuthering Heights, which the poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti called “a fiend of a book”.
Wuthering Heights is the name of a remote house on the moors, the setting for the tumultuous love affair between the passionate Catherine Earnshaw and her adopted brother, the brooding, swarthy Heathcliff.
Where to walk: Start by visiting the Brontë Parsonage Museum, where you can see the table at which Emily, Charlotte and Anne wrote; then walk west to the crags and the abandoned farmhouse Top Withens, said by some to have inspired Emily. (Henry Eliot)
Cairns Post (Australia) tells about Kathy George became a Gothic writer who has recently published a novel called Sargasso.
When I was 16, Wuthering Heights was a setwork book and more than half my class was in love with Heathcliff. Tormented, intense and complex, he remains my favourite literary character to this day. I have a vivid memory of most of us faintly marking the ambiguous paragraph where Cathy and Heathcliff have sex but, to our great disappointment, Miss Young skated nimbly over that part. [...]
I also fell for Jane Eyre, which encompasses everything you could want in a Gothic novel: an orphan battling to find not only love but her place in life; the enigmatic and prickly Mr Rochester, who we grow to love; his imprisoned and mad first wife; and, to top it off, the cremation of the mysterious house, Thornfield. What’s not to love? [...]
Now I have written my own Australian Gothic novel, Sargasso — a Wuthering Heights for the modern-day Australian reader. Sargasso is set in an isolated beach house on the Australian coastline, and concerns the obsessive childhood friendship between Hannah and Flint. Flint is a Heathcliff. He is a tortured and complex soul, poor man, and it was an absolute thrill to create him.
I played around with the hallmarks of Gothic writing. Instead of the bleak English climate, I used the harsh Australian sun; in place of the stately English home or dreary mansion, I created a stunning, architect-designed beach house, which becomes a character in the novel.
The Times reviews The Crichel Boys by Simon Fenwick:
Friends called them “the Crichel Boys”, “the Bears” or “the Bachelors”. To others they were the “hyphenated gentlemen-aesthetes”. They were gay, or bi, or open-minded. Nancy Mitford called them “the Brontës” and the novelist Elizabeth Bowen the “dear old cissies”. (Laura Freeman)
According to La Voce del popolo (in Italian) the Brontës are the clearest example of xenophobia in 19th-century English literature.
Il rapporto con gli stranieri è pure un elemento importante nei romanzi di Agatha Christie e riflette una punta di xenofobia che serpeggia nella società britannica e si nota anche in alcuni grandi classici dell’Ottocento (è, ad esempio, abbastanza ricorrente nelle opere delle sorelle Brontë) (Helena Labus Bačić) (Translation)
Satirical writer Ross O’Carroll-Kelly 'likens his life to Heathcliff’s – especially when it comes to women' in The Irish Times.
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 Some recent Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights covers on YouTube and a video talking about the importance of the song:

Lady T - The Voice Belgique Saison 9
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
The Bytheways

Produce Like a Pro:
Songs that Changed Music

More details on the Produce Like a Pro blog and L'Avenir.

Friday, February 19, 2021

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A few days ago there was a mention of Sheila Kohler's 2009 book Becoming Jane Eyre and we are surprised to find yet another mention today in The Mendocino Beacon.
Becoming Jane Eyre” by Sheila Kohler is the story of the Brontë family, mostly about the sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne who wrote their novels under the pen names of men. The novel begins with their father lying in bed, blind. His daughter, Charlotte, watches over him. He recalls the surgery on his eye. Charlotte and her sisters and her brother are dependent on him for house and stipend. (Priscilla Comen)
The Sydney Morning Herald discusses Bluebeard.
The macabre tale has inspired writers from Charles Dickens to Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter and Kurt Vonnegut, Joyce Carol Oates and John Updike, and is referenced in such classics as Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. “You could argue that a lot of contemporary crime fiction is based on Bluebeard motifs,” says [writer Kate] Forsyth. (Caroline Baum)
According to Vogue
 We’ve grown up reading classic books, from Austen to Brontë, that idealize these grandiose locations. (Elise Taylor)
A couple of reviews of Netflix's Behind Her Eyes mention the Brontës. From Movie Player (Italy)
Come potrete aver immaginato da queste poche premesse che vi abbiamo dato sulla trama di Dietro i suoi occhi, la miniserie di Erik Richter Strand inizia nel territorio sicuro del thriller psicologico/erotico per poi deragliare nel racconto sovrannaturale, cercando di rielaborare e modernizzare alcuni elementi del romanzo gotico (con chiari spunti da Cime Tempestose e Jane Eyre... che Adele sia la classica mad wife in the attic?). (Carlotta Deiana) (Translation)
Similarly in Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden).

While Financial Times reviews BBC1’s Northern Ireland-set police thriller Bloodlands.
[James] Nesbitt is such a natural comic actor it’s hard not to expect a quip or two along the way but here he’s impressively stony until, that is, he goes full Heathcliff as Brannick’s long-buried emotions finally erupt. (Suzi Feay
Property Week interviews Vivienne Clements, executive director of HBD (Henry Boot Developments):
What is your favourite way to relax?
I love hiking. I like to go out in the hills. It’s a bit Wuthering Heights and wild this time of year in the Peak District. 
A clue from today's Global Times crossword is '17 Youngest Brontë sister'. Néon (France) mentions the Brontës' use of pseudonyms.

A Master's Dissertation recently published:

Jane Eyre (1947) and Wuthering Heights (1847) as Bildungsroman: A Comparative Analysis
Helena Cano Gámez
Universidad de Jaén. Filología Inglesa

[EN]The aim of this Master’s Dissertation is to study two of the most renown novels from the Victorian era, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, as novels of development or Bildungsroman. A comparative analysis on the protagonists’ psychological and moral development, focusing on the typical devices found in Bildungsroman will be provided. The main subject matters that will be developed in this essay are the characters’ origins and their families, social class and class mobility, love relationships and personalities.


Thursday, February 18, 2021

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The Telegraph and Argus features the new Bradford district campaign Sparkling Bradford.
#2 The Brontës
Perhaps the most famous literary family the country has produced, the Brontës were born in Thornton and spent most of their lives in Haworth. Their life and work are celebrated in Haworth’s Brontë Parsonage Museum, which is a short walk away from the unspoilt area of south Pennine hills that inspired works including Wuthering Heights.
EasternEye interviews writer Saz Vora:
What can we expect next from you?
A standalone novel inspired by Jane Eyre, set in the south of France and England. It is a story of Hema Pattni, an orphan who is both intrigued and scared of meeting Rahul Raichura, the man who has employed her to look after his four-year-old charge. A story of a Gujarati family who holds a secret. (Mita Mistry)
Spectator Australia reviews Vanessa Springora's memoir Consent about her abuse as a young girl by the paedophile writer Gabriel Matzneff.
Springora describes how she furnished him with the perfect victim. Her parents were divorced and she was precocious, book- smart, insecure about her looks and hungry for attention — quite ordinary, in other words. Jane Eyre is loved by so many teenage girls for a reason. (Fleur Macdonald)
A columnist from The Journal (Ireland) mentions her childhood reads.
I read Around the World in 80 Days and War of the Worlds and Jane Eyre. I had nobody to guide me, no kindly librarian to curate what I read and guide me towards what I should be reading. Thank god for that. (Aoife Martin)
Sierra News Online announces the Mariposa County Poetry Out Loud champion.
The Mariposa County Arts Council has awarded Sydney Jacobs, a senior at Mariposa County High School, the title of Mariposa County Champion of Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation contest that encourages youth voice and agency through the memorization and performance of great historical and contemporary poetry. [...]
Jacobs scored the highest in these criteria’s with powerful recitations of “Women Who Love Angels” by Judith Ortiz Cofer and “Death of Anne Brontë” by Charlotte Brontë. 
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A collection of Candles, seen on Paddywax:

Library - Charlotte Brontë
For all the bibliophiles in our lives we present the Library Collection. Pairing favorite quotes with exquisite fragrances, we pay homage to the literary greats.

Rosewood Vanilla:
Top Notes: Bergamot, Sheer Lemon, Fresh Nutmeg, Bitter Lime
Middle Notes: Rose Geranium, Warm Amber, Peony, Cedar Leaf
Base Notes: Rosewood, Patchouli, Spiced Musk, Sandalwood

And some earrings from Paper2pearls:

Austen, Brontë or Alcott heart earrings
These cute love heart stud earrings are a geat way of proclaiming your l
ove of reading in general as well as of a specific book or author. Each pair is handmade using paper from a pre-loved copy of one of the following books from my range:
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights
Little Women

Light and easy to wear these earrings also make a great gift for your favourite bookworm!

The earrings measure 1.5cm (3/4 inch).
The earrings come on sterling (925) silver studs.
Plastic free packaging.

Via PeopleTalk

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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It looks as if some theatre companies have started to look optimistically to the future. The San Diego Union-Tribune shares the future plans of Lamb’s Players, who plan on reopening on October 2nd.
[Lamb’s Producing Artistic Director Robert] Smyth and his team are now using their downtime to plan and develop new shows for future seasons. They include “Jane,” a new adaptation of “Jane Eyre” by David McFadzean (Pam Kragen)
The Stage interviews some theatre workers who exchanged the stage for the NHS front line.
Actor, director and trainee A&E assistant practitioner Dan Avery
Do you hope to return to working in theatre?
Definitely. Last year was a real blip. I couldn’t devote my time or motivation to my career. It felt good to see people being successful but I was also extremely envious. We’ve been told that hopefully our production of Jane Eyre will return to Cornwall’s Minack Theatre next year and I will play Mr Rochester. (Giverny Masso)
BookRiot has included Wuthering Heights on a list of  '50 must-read love stories'.
As darkness falls, a man caught in a snowstorm is forced to shelter at the strange, grim house Wuthering Heights. It is a place he will never forget. There he will come to learn the story of Cathy: how she was forced to choose between her well-meaning husband and the dangerous man she had loved since she was young. How her choice led to betrayal and terrible revenge – and continues to torment those in the present. How love can transgress authority, convention, even death.
[This book has its haters, but it contains one of the best love stories in all of English literature. If I were stranded on a desert island, THIS is the book I would take with me.] (Namera Tanjeem)
Cultured Vultures recommends The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë by Syrie James.
As a fan of classic novels, I love it when authors of today use these novels as inspiration to craft credible love stories of their own. Syrie James is really one of the top-notch authors in this particular genre, having done one based on Mina Harker’s character from Dracula, and a few Jane Austen ones as well.
However, this book is my favourite of hers. I am well aware that Charlotte Brontë would never have left behind a secret diary, and that this is more fiction than fact (something you should be aware of while reading), but after reading Brontë’s novels so many times, it’s nice to read something adjacent to that, which can still inspire similar sentiments. We follow the fictional Charlotte as she journals about the scandalous secret passion for the man she can never have, and her relationship with Arthur Bell Nicholls (whom Brontë married in real life).
Also, who knew brushing hair could be so intimate and swoon-worthy? (Natasha Alvar)
HeadStuff reviews the novel The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.
I struggled with the early chapters of The Nickel Boys. I felt I’d read it before. It reminded me of early chapters in Jane Eyre, when the child is damned to a regime of abuse in a reform school created and run by authority figures who use physical violence and the violence of neglect as a chastisement for the child’s own good. (Dave Duggan)
Reviewing Netflix's six-episode thriller Behind Her Eyes, The Hollywood Reporter says that,
There's a delicate line that so much of the best gothic and neo-gothic fiction walks, one where the supernatural seems just around every corner, as literal or metaphorical as you want it to be. There are interpretations of Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre that bring in all manner of unexplainable phenomena, not that any of that is there in literal readings. (Daniel Fienberg)
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 An exhibition in Hamburg (Germany) devoted to Heathcliff. For the moment just virtual because of the coronavirus restrictions in Germany:

Jessica Halm - Heathcliff
1/17/2021 - 3/7/2021
Galerie Im Mistral, Hamburg, Germany

Jessica Halm lets her paintings and sculptures appear in different formations, depending on the context.
We will open the exhibition as soon as the current corona measures allow.
The focus of Jessica Halms work is on painting. Her sculptural works represent the possibility for her to expand the two-dimensionality of the canvas and to extend the painting into the real, three-dimensional space.
In her exhibition Heathcliff , the Hamburg artist Jessica Halm is presenting her large-format installation of the same name made of painted and embroidered fabric panels for the first time. In the gallery in the Marstall Ahrensburg, she creates an extensive labyrinth through which visitors move through the exhibition space. The resulting space consists of individual elements that are linked to one another via large loops. By loosening the loops on the part of the artist, it is possible to repeatedly create new combinations and links between the works.
The exhibition title Heathcliff refers to the male fictional character from Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, which was first published as the original edition in 1847 under her pseudonym Ellis Bell. For Jessica Halm, the tragic antihero Heathcliff is representative of the Victorian era, which has strongly shaped our current industrialized and globalized world. The artist links collections of image information that can now be consumed on a daily basis through the Internet and social media with collected and remembered images. This multitude of images and impressions flows into Jessica Halms artistic work and leaves visual and thematic links to the annual theme 2021 of the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung StormarnCollecting arise.

EDIT: Further information (and a video) on NDR

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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As reported by Mental Floss, both Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre are among 'The 10 Most Confusing Books of All Time'.
Researchers at UK-based online retailer asked 3205 people to dish on which books puzzled them the most, and compiled a list based on the 10 most common responses. To rank those titles from most to least confusing, they relied on monthly search volume data from Google. [...]
Readers also apparently have trouble decoding the deeper meanings behind the shifting relationships in the Brontë sisters’ novels. Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights came in fourth, just ahead of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. (Ellen Gutoskey)
Even so, this columnist from Seacoastonline recommends Jane Eyre:
Books I’ve loved:
Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë: The original gothic novel, Jane Eyre takes a job as a governess for the ward of the mysterious Mr. Rochester. A great read for dark, stormy nights. (Kathleen Whalin)
A contributor to Novedades Yucatán (Mexico) opens her column on love with Jane Eyre.
¿Para qué evocar el pasado cuando el presente es mucho más seguro y el porvenir mucho más luminoso?- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
La literatura nos ha contado miles de historias de amor, unas que tienen finales felices, otras que no terminan tan bien, pero mi favorita sigue siendo la fantástica historia que nos regaló Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre.
Nunca me he considerado una persona afecta al romance, pero la verdad es que cada vez que leo la historia de Jane y el Señor Rochester me hace pensar en que si bien algunas prácticas como las que nos muestran en el libro siguen vigentes hasta el día hoy, muchas otras son distintas, lo que nos ha hecho cambiar la percepción del amor.
Sin embargo, también puedo decir que aquel libro fue el culpable de que por un momento volviera a creer en esas historias de amor que todos queremos tener en algún momento de nuestra vida, aunque sepamos que solamente existen en las páginas de los libros. El mundo moderno nos ha deformado tanto la idea del amor romántico que ahora ya no sabemos cómo reaccionar cuando nos lo encontramos de frente, y entonces es cuando muchos prefieren huir y no enfrentarse a él. (Diana Puga) (Translation)
This letter to The Times makes us smile:
Sir, Having run out of conversation with our adult children we fell to discussing which literary figures we could bear to share a house with during a lockdown. Jane Eyre would be calm but judgmental; Heathcliff’s moods would be impossible to live with. (Tina Korn)
Apparently the Brontës have turned out to be useful for viral videos on TikTok according to this article from Digital Camera World.
Go viral on TikTok: Find a niche
Yes, this is the standard social media advice – but that's because it's very true. The more niche your content is, the more likely it is you'll be able to reach your intended audience. Try to avoid jumping from niche to niche, as this means that users won't have a reason to follow you. My account's niche is classic literature paired with beautiful aesthetics, so I used a shot of me running through Castle Combe, Wiltshire, UK and did a voiceover of a quote from Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights
Period fashion, art and literature is very popular on TikTok, so I believe that this helped to contribute to the video's success. (Louise Carey)
Designer Women lists '16 reasons that make the ‘Twilight’ saga so UNFORGETTABLE [sic]'.
10 – Popularization of classical literature
This structure we are talking about resembles that of “The Wuthering Heights”, and Stephenie Meyer herself admitted to having been inspired by the novel by Emily Brontë. Even Bella Swan appears reading and commenting on the trick that has been repeated in many other young publications, such as “The Diary of Anne Frank” in “The Fault in the Stars” and “The Divine Comedy” in “Gabriel’s Inferno”. This transmedia made the viewing public interested in hitherto unknown literature, which is quite positive, as it took advantage of book sales at the time.
Texas Monthly features the work of local artist Edward Carey:
Many of Carey’s portraits convey a deep passion for literature—perhaps not surprising, since he is also a novelist and playwright.  Born in North Walsham, a small town in Norfolk, England, he knows several Shakespeare monologues by heart. In a series of sketches titled “Great British Hair,” writers Samuel Pepys, Charles Dickens, and Daniel Defoe made cameos. All three of the Brontë sisters have shown their distinct faces. To make the family complete, he added their brother, Branwell. (Julie Poole)

The Brag reviews the film Ma Belle, My Beauty.
The problem here is that [director Marion Hill] didn’t provide any nuance to the character’s experience as a Black woman in this very white, European situation; all we found out about her was that she’d read Jane Eyre 12 times. (Kristian Fanene Schmidt)
Law Society Gazette (Ireland) has an article on Mary Dorothea Heron, Ireland's first woman solicitor, who
enjoyed learning, and it came easily to her. In 1913, she was awarded a full set of the Brontë books for Latin composition, and a complete set of Shakespeare for her performance in classics, French, English and maths at the examinations held at Easter 1914.
Telva (Spain) features a collection of so-called 'romantic blouses'.
¿Quién no ha soñado con vestir con algunas de esas preciosas y trabajadas blusas que llevaban Keira Knightley o Kate Winslet en las películas inspiradas en las novelas de Jane Austen, sea Orgullo y Prejuicio o Sentido y Sensibilidad? O en Mujercitas, o en las novelas de las hermanas Bronte. (Elena Flor) (Translation)
The Harris has a library assistant share her thoughts on Wuthering Heights. The Oddness of Moving Things posts about Sheila Kohler's Becoming Jane Eyre.
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A new (and quite a revisionist one, pejorative mode on) scholar Brontë-related paper:

"I'll Try Violence": Patterns of Domestic Abuse in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre (1847)
Jessica Cox
Women's Writing, DOI: 10.1080/09699082.2021.1883236
Published online: 08 Feb 2021

Recent years have seen a significant revision and expansion of legal definitions of domestic abuse – in particular the inclusion of forms of abuse beyond physical and sexual violence. Coercive control was criminalised in 2015, and the Domestic Abuse bill, currently passing through parliament, further seeks to expand definitions of controlling behaviour. In a recent study published in the journal Violence Against Women, criminologist Jane Monckton-Smith examines 372 murder cases in which the (female) victim had had a relationship with the perpetrator, and identifies an “eight stage relationship progression to homicide”, which includes forms of coercive control. This article reads the relationship between Jane and Rochester in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847) through the lens of these eight stages, and offers a reassessment of the novel as a domestic abuse narrative. I argue that Rochester clearly follows the pattern identified by Monckton-Smith in his relationships with Jane, Céline Varens, and especially Bertha, and examine the implications of this for both his victims and our understanding of the novel.

Monday, February 15, 2021

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 Tullahoma News devotes its book corner to Jane Eyre:
(...)While Jane Eyre might be marketed as a nineteenth-century love story, it is far deeper and more complex than that. Throughout the course of the story, Jane is wronged continuously, even by those who claim to love her. People abuse her, lie to her, and use her; however, the more they wrong her, the better she becomes. She never settles for second best because she believes that there is always another opportunity, another place, another person, or another life waiting in the future. After all, good things come to those who wait.(...) (Sarah Raymond)
Delightful insights in letters of well-known historical figures in The Times of Malta
Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)
The following letter was written by English writer Charlotte Brontë to professor Constantin Heger. However, there is no evidence that this love was ever returned by him.
January 8, 1845 

“Monsieur, the poor have not need of much to sustain them − they ask only for the crumbs that fall from the rich man’s table. But if they are refused the crumbs they die of hunger. Nor do I, either, need much affection from those I love. I should not know what to do with a friendship entire and complete ‒ I am not used to it.
“But you showed me of yore a little interest, when I was your pupil in Brussels, and I hold on to the maintenance of that little interest − I hold on to it as I would hold on to life….”
This reminds me somehow of Domenico Modugno’s Maestro di Violino! (Mary Attard)
The Megaphone recommends books to read 'if you're dead inside' (verbatim):
Wuthering Heights
I’m already biased when it comes to any book written by the Brontë sisters, because they just get me because, based on their writing, they’re just as angsty, temperamental, and existential as I am.
Emily Brontë tells a tale as old as time: the proverbially bad boy. Have you ever been torn between a guy who respects you, wants the best for you, and is just the overall correct choice for you, and a guy who is dark, brooding, and mysterious but is also an obviously bad idea? Wuthering Heights is like that, but the Victorian-era version. 
The interesting thing about this book is that it is a story within a story—storyception. The original narrator is a man named Lockwood who is currently renting and residing in a manor named Thrushcross Grange. After meeting the coarse landlord of the house, Heathcliff, Lockwood becomes exceedingly curious about this prickly character and how he came to preside over both Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights, an impressive, but daunting manor some ways away from The Grange. Through accounts such as diary entries and narrations told by a servant who has served in both houses, you piece together the lives of the people who used to reside in the houses and how their existence became irreparably intertwined, damaged, or ended, all thanks to Heathcliff. This last part is my own opinion, as I happen to despise Heathcliff, but read the book yourself and come to your own conclusion. (Brooke Shattuck)
The Irish Sun lists novels that leave readers confused:
Wuthering Heights
This intense love story set on the Yorkshire Moors follows the mysterious Heathcliff from childhood to death.
It’s also a tale of bitterness, as he seeks revenge on those who wronged him.
But while the narrative is easy to follow, it prompts 22,060 monthly searches, with 600 people specifically wondering what it’s really about.

Jane Eyre
The original feminist’s bible, Jane Eyre tells of an orphaned girl’s quest for love while preserving her independence.
She gets what she’s looking for, only for the novel to take a dramatic twist.
With weighty, rich language to struggle through, it’s no wonder there are 18,340 monthly searches, including 90 from impatient people asking: “How does Jane Eyre end?” (Aoife Finneran)
Salon defends the use of creative costumes in period dramas, as in Bridgerton:
In addition, historian Anne Hollander notes that Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" (1847) — the second edition of which was dedicated to Thackeray — likewise plays with the presentation of historical fashion. Though not as overt as Thackeray, "Jane Eyre," which is supposedly set at the beginning of the century, also "evokes those same Romantic clothes contemporary with its authorship".
In this sense, just as costume dramas do today, some 19th-century novels adapted, idealised, and even sexed-up fictional fashions to suit public taste. (Danielle Dove)
We basically disagree with the Stylist here:
It’s quite romantic, actually. No, really. From Wuthering Heights to The Notebook, nothing quite colours matters of the heart like the shared sense of impending doom. But if we flip the script and clear the heavy fog that’s been circulating for a year, we’ll realise that it’s not just the disaster stories that unite us. There are the ever so slightly smaller stories of hope and heart that have been running along in parallel. (Jazmin Kopotsha)
The Telegraph presents the book The Crichel Boys by Simon Fenwick:
 Nancy Mitford, a regular visitor to Long Crichel, a Queen Anne rectory in Dorset, called the house “a prose factory” and its owners “the Brontës”. 
Also in The Telegraph, Lucasta Miller reviews the Elizabeth Barrett-Browning biography, Two-Way Mirror by Fiona Sampson:
Most importantly, Sampson makes one want to read Barrett Browning. If Aurora Leigh hasn’t remained on readers’ radars, it is partly down to the fact that it is written in verse not prose. But it’s basically a Victorian novel with a plot, set in Victorian times. If you like the Brontës, Elizabeth Gaskell or George Eliot, you should certainly give it a go.
Il Messaggero (Italy) interviews the writer Cristina Chiperi:
Ilaria Ravarino: Un consiglio di lettura?
C.C.: Quando attraverso un momento difficile, torno a sfogliare i miei libri preferiti. Amo la letteratura inglese: Orgoglio e pregiudizio e Cime tempestose, storie d’amore che arrivano a maschi e femmine. (Translation)

The Eyre Guide reviews The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins. AnneBrontë.org explores love in the Brontë novels.

Lompoc Record has a cryptogram with a famous quote by Emily Brontë. The Billings Gazette interviews a local business leader and Brontëite. A passing Brontë mention in a story published in Página 12 (Argentina). Urban Post (Italy) lists Valentine quotes. Finally, the OUPBlog has a Which-literary-heroine-are-you kind of quiz.